Cortland County Historical Society

Department: Kellogg Memorial Research Library
25 Homer Avenue
Cortland, New York 13045
Phone: 607-756-6071

Cortland County Historical Society


Cortland County Historical Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving local history through documents and objects. CCHS operates from the 1882 Italianate home of inventor and real estate developer James Suggett. The Kellogg Memorial Research Library allows researchers access to historical materials that include city and county directories, newspaper articles archived by category, photographs, genealogies, DAR books, and various other sources. CCHS allows researchers to access these objects for both personal and professional reasons and works with the local college and schools to provide programs. CCHS's Suggett House Museum offers tours to learn more about the history of Cortland County.

Cortland County Historical Society is a member of the South Central Regional Library Council.


Brockway Motor Trucks Collection

This collection contains a sampling from the thousands of Brockway Motor Truck Co. slides, photographs and negatives.

anti-nuclear parade float

In the late 1980s, New York State considered Cortland County for a new low-level radioactive waste (LLRW) dump.  Local residents protested and ultimately, there was no dump. 

photocopy of picture of building

Historical material from the New York Central College in McGrawville, the first college in the United States founded on the principle that all qualified students were welcome, regardless of sex or race.

Scrapbook page from Student Activity Board, 1970s

This collection shares numerous stories from those living within Cortland County as well as those working or studying at the State University of New York College at Cortland. It primarily includes audio recordings and digitized scrapbooks.